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Gilbert Gottfried and the mechanics of crafting one of the most...

Erica Tobolski, University of South Carolina Though Gilbert Gottfried’s voice has alternatively been described...

Sidney Poitier – Hollywood’s first Black leading man reflected the civil...

Aram Goudsouzian, University of Memphis In the summer of 1967, Martin Luther King Jr. introduced the keynote speaker for the 10th-anniversary convention banquet of the...

bell hooks will never leave us – she lives on through...

Karsonya Wise Whitehead, Loyola University Maryland I was introduced to the work of bell hooks for the first time...

As a patriot and Black man, Colin Powell embodied the ‘two-ness’...

Chad Williams, Brandeis University Colin Powell knew where he fit in American history. The former secretary...

How Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts infused one of the greatest...

Victor Coelho, Boston University In an era when rock drummers were larger-than-life showmen with big kits and egos to...

Celebrating Sister Ardeth Platte, anti-nuclear activist and ‘peacemaker in a hostile...

Carole Sargent, Georgetown University To Sister Ardeth Platte, who died on Sept. 30 at 84, antinuclear activism was a form of public worship. Explaining to a...

What’s behind our appetite for self-destruction?

Mark Canada, Indiana University and Christina Downey, Indiana University Each new year, people vow to put an end to self-destructive habits like smoking, overeating or...

Tom Wolfe elevated journalism into enduring literature

William McKeen, Boston University In 20th-century popular culture, journalists were portrayed as needy hacks desperate to write the Great American Novel. Journalism was the means...

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Venus: could it really harbour life? New study springs a surprise

Monica Grady, The Open University Earth’s sister planet, Venus, has not been regarded as a high priority in the search for life. Its surface temperature...